Pen and Ink

my camelliaddiction is back

Our camellias are more abundant than ever this year and some of you will know that whilst they are blooming I can’t deny my camilliaddiction.

 
   
 

Here is one of many camellia posts from four years ago entitled:
 

camelliaspectives

 

For this week’s Discover Challenge: Perspective Ben states “We each inhabit a specific vantage point from which we blog” and asks What’s yours? As those of you who follow my blog will know my vantage point is always both visual and written, so in response to Ben’s question I thought I would express my camelliaddiction once again today with pen, ink, watercolor and photography, with one final image that is clearly very much about perspective.

camellia P&I ii

camellia studies 31.3.16

camellia ix

the zen of seeing

“Art is that which despite all gives hope” Frederick Franck 1981

Anemones 31.3.20

Since the 100 anemone bulbs I planted have yet to appear I used a bouquet that five years ago was the subject of Day 90 of my daily posts during 2015. I had been re-reading one of my favourite books The Zen of Seeing by Fredrick Franck that week. Here is the original bouquet together with my pen and ink drawing at the time, and if you would like to see the rest of the post and learn a little more about Frederick Franck why not visit Studio 365: Day 90

Day 90 i  Day 90 ii

Anemones 31.3.15

Day 90 iii

Lookback Vancouver 2010 🇨🇦

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver took place 10 years ago last month with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron on February 12th 2010. Over the past three weeks I have been celebrating all the amazing athletes and events in the studio bringing back so many great memories. Here is a selection of some of those moments and remarkable athletic achievements.

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Yuja

Yuja Wang

What a night! What a privilege! No words just total awe. Yuja Wang, perhaps the worlds greatest living pianist, thrilled us all last night with a never-to-be-forgotten recital at the UBC Chan Centre here in Vancouver.  She wrote in the program, “This recital will hopefully lift all of your spirits, sharing music written by many of the great souls who have lived before us.”

 

 

Be assured Yuja all of our spirits could not have been lifted any higher.

 

two champions

In celebration of two inspiring female athletes

Simone Biles

US Gymnastics Champion 2019
The first American woman to win six titles, and celebrated last year in my post
the power of teal.
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Bianca Andreescu

Roger’s Cup Women’s Tennis Champion, 2019
The first Canadian woman to win the title since 1969.
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one small step for man

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

Neil Armstrong, July 20th, 1969

Yom HaShoah

 
The Eternal Flame in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, which I drew on July 11th 1967, for this Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2019.

“The Eternal Flame, burning from a base fashioned like a broken bronze goblet, continuously illuminates the Hall, its smoke exiting the building through an opening at the highest point of the ceiling. Before it stands a stone crypt containing the ashes of Holocaust victims, brought to Israel from the extermination camps.”

Quotation from the Yad Vashem website

9/11: in remembrance

No day shall erase you from the memory of time

This quote from Virgil is displayed in the Memorial Hall of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York with letters forged from remnant World Trade Center steel by blacksmith Tom Joyce.

afternoon at the ballet

 

Yesterday afternoon the ballet came to the studio. Inspired after watching the sublime Tiler Peck, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, in Ballet 422 on Netflix. Watch this great ballet documentary and be inspired by her too.

 

 

                  

 

                     

 

 

nothing is impossible

Paralympic Moment I

Congratulations to Canada’s Kurt Oatway, sitting super-giant slalom gold medalist
Pyeongchang 2018
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Dedicated to the memory of Stephen Hawking.